Throughout the world, resource rich countries are plagued by tyranny, violence, and corruption With precious few exceptions, the political elites in such nations control natural resources, which are often the primary and sometimes the only source of wealth generation, and do not need to rely on popular support to maintain their rule Their wealth comes from selling the resource overseas, which in turn gives them the income they need to buy off the military, the police, and the business sector Oppressive, corrupt autocracies are the all too frequent result, and such regimes have been the source of many perhaps most US foreign policy headaches over the last fifty years Yet despite their pariah like status, these regimes continue to exist and even prosper especially oil powered regimes For all of the criticism directed at resource rich autocracies by Western critics, Western consumers remain reliant on them for the materials that fuel their cars and comprise their computers.In Blood Oil, Leif Wenar explains in detail how the resource curse impedes democracy and development in resource exporting countries, but he does not stop with a simple analysis of the phenomenon He also plumbs the ethical complications that ensue when Western consumers buy goods derived from these ill gotten resources In the arena of international trade, however, all nations subscribe to the centuries old dictum of might makes right that outside powers cannot tell another regime how to run its economy But this simply means that at both the institutional and individual consumer level, we are perpetuating the injustice.There is hope, though Former taken for granted global trades like slavery are now reviled Indeed, the successful campaign to eliminate slavery suggests that it is possible for us to eventually treat the trade in natural resources as equally immoral To that end, Wenar develops a cluster of democracy enhancing clean trade policies that can allow us to disentangle ourselves from the dictators and warlords who rely on natural resource sales to perpetuate their rule The resulting world will be safer both for those under the boot of oppression and for Western countries, which have lost a substantial degree of control over their foreign policy because of their addiction to resources that have effectively been looted from the citizenry by dictators and warlords.In every sense a big idea book, Blood Oil reshapes our understanding of what we can do to create a a just world and challenges us to wean ourselves from materials extracted and sold to us by some of the world s worst regimes....
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press Auflage 1 31 Dezember 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||195 Pages|
|File Size||:||797 KB|
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Blood Oil Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about global oil production and it's effects.
Great book for awhile. Goes on and on and on ...
This book was very informative. Author did his homework & gave great opinions based on the facts.
Well written, carefully thought through discussion of our current shared planetary conundrum we have gotten ourselves into.
All too often philosophers stop short worrying about problems at a theoretical level. Blood Oil takes a foundational problem of rights and sees it through in great detail into the world in which we live and works through the ramifications there of. Written in an engaging and conversational style the authors walks us through detailed analyses of how our unthinking behavior is making the world a much worse place than it needs to be and how through conscious efforts, using existing legal apparatus and international frameworks, we can right this wrong and see justice for billions who presently suffer at the hands of oligarchs and despots. Read this book! You will be better for it.
IT is an extraordinary book